Shave and a haircut. Four quick reviews.

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Old Forester Rye. Super candied nose. Bananas Forester, banana split, skittles, marshmallows, graham crackers. Pretty easy down for 100 Proof. Medium mouthfeel. Nice hug. Finish does go a little bitter at the end though after a minute. Lots of hype here. Very good for $25, but not one I will bunker. 88/100.

1792 Full Proof NCF Single Barrel from 99 Bottles, 125 Proof. This one was around $55, not bad for a Barrel strength whiskey. Nutty, coconut, Necco wafers and waffles. Better mouthfeel and medium heat for the Proof. Mouthfeel builds with intensity in a good way with an enjoyable hug. Caramel and butter comes through at the end. Finish a solid two minutes. I’m generally not a 1792 fan, but this is the best one I’ve ever had. If you like 1792, this is a must get bottle. 92/100.

Barrell Dovetail finished in Dunn Cabernet barrels, 122.9 Proof. Incredible nose, so much going on. Brown sugar, Twix, cassis, totally enveloping. Crazy how easy this goes down for the Proof. I’m loving this Dunn cask finish. Finish 2-3 minutes. This is totally unique and special—tongue completely enveloped with tart cherry and tannic goodness. Glad I grabbed a couple at $80. Seeing it trade double that in secondary. 96/100.

Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16yr Twin Oak. Mixed reviews on this one, but going in unbiased. Strong wood nose but with waves of vanilla and charcoal. For 94 Proof the mouthfeel is better than expected. Interesting tastes but certainly quite a bit of oak. On the good side the finish goes for two minutes and improves instead of bowing out into bitterness. It’s a good Bourbon, but probably not worth the retail price. Worth a try at a bar. 92/100.

1792 Sweet Wheat, just okay… just like the rest of their products…

1792 Sweet Wheat Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45.6% abv

I hadn’t seen this one in the stores before so when I saw a reasonable price on bottle-spot I decided to buy it and get it shipped to me. I was not particularly happy with the last purchase of 1792, but to be fair the price was very reasonable. I took a chance on this one because of some of the positive reviews I read–although I had a feeling it was largely due to the obsession with wheated bourbons (thanks Pappy).

Medium Amber with a hint of orange

Medium heat on the nose, hint of orange peel, crushed almonds, toffee and gingersnaps.

Medium heat on the palate with a bit more spice than expected, in a good way. The orange peel and ginger definitely comes through through the tongue. The mouthfeel isn’t complex and the finish is moderate.

Overall this is an enjoyable bourbon but not one that is particularly complex or exciting. Just a solid drink. I don’t think I will be buying anymore from 1792. 85/100.IMG_7260